04-03-17 Inside Colorado’s Cool Planet w/Drew Jackson, “Thinking Outside the Box in Agriculture”…

Inside Colorado’s Cool Planet w/Drew Jackson…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) April 3, 2017 – In March, the agriculture technology company Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. Cool Planet is focused on developing products that are simultaneously profitable as well as sustainable and has raised nearly $30 million in the last 18 months. Joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN at this time by telephone to discuss that and more is Drew Jackson, Production Ag Head @ Cool Planet

  • What is Cool Planet & its Mission?
  • What is Cool Terra?
  • Recent investments in Cool Planet
  • Cool Terra’s Independent field trials
  • What is Cool Fauna?
  • Final Thoughts


Cool Planet is a technology company innovating to change the world for good, and they are excited to share their story with you, to learn more, please visit http://www.coolplanet.com/


04-03-17 USDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Conservation Reserve Program Acres for Logan County in Colorado

USDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Conservation Reserve Program Acres for Logan County in Colorado

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director, Sherry Lederhos, today announced that Logan County is authorized for emergency use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres due to recent wildfires. The deadline to submit a request for emergency use of CRP land is April 7, 2017. If approved, producers can temporarily utilize eligible CRP acres for 30 calendar days from the date of approval.

“Eligible producers who are interested in emergency use of CRP land must request approval before using eligible acreage and must obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS),” said Lederhos. Continue reading


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Alexandria, Virginia—April 3, 2017—Seed industry advocates will “Storm the Hill” as part of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Legislative Fly-in, Wednesday, April 5, in Washington, D.C.  “Storm the Hill” is a unique opportunity for ASTA members representing every crop and every part of the nation to join together with a unified voice on Capitol Hill.

“From international trade, to plant breeding innovation, Farm Bill and funding for critical research and conservation programs, Congress is debating serious issues that will affect the seed industry’s ability to continue meeting the evolving needs of farmers, consumers, and the environment in the years ahead,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew LaVigne. “So many issues impact the seed industry, and the seed industry impacts virtually every aspect of our daily life. We’re excited to bring our diverse industry to Capitol Hill to share our unified priorities for ensuring better seed for a better quality of life.”

ASTA’s 2017 legislative priorities include:  Continue reading

04-03-17 More Farm Bill Listening Sessions Slated for US Senator Michael Bennet…

More Farm Bill Listening Sessions Slated for US Senator Michael Bennet…

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is partnering with local producers and agricultural organizations to hold listening sessions across the state in advance of his work on the next Farm Bill.

Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, held similar staff-led meetings with farmers and ranchers that informed his work on the 2014 Farm Bill. The 2014 Farm Bill provided new resources to rural communities, cut red tape by streamlining dozens of programs, and reduced the deficit. The bill also included important provisions to improve forest health, reduce the risk of wildfires, and strengthen conservation programs.

The listening sessions will gather members of the agricultural community to meet with policy advisors and regional liaisons from Bennet’s staff.  Times and locations for the upcoming listening sessions are listed below. 


April 4

La Jara

9 – 10:30am

Knights of Columbus Hall

521 Spruce St., La Jara, CO 81140


1 – 2:30pm

Valley Roots Food Hub

5401 Terry St., Mosca, CO 81146

Monte Vista

4 – 5:30pm

Nino’s Restaurant

118 Adams St., Monte Vista, CO 81144

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04-03-17 CDA Recipes: Colorado Lamb, a Springtime Favorite

CDA Recipes: Colorado Lamb, a Springtime Favorite

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. Colorado is well-known around the world for its high-quality lamb. Colorado is ranked third in the nation for sheep and lamb production with 435,000 head in the state. Lamb is an excellent source of protein, Vitamin B-12, niacin, zinc and a good source of iron. Look for Colorado lamb at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.
Colorado Leg of Lamb Middle Eastern Style
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert

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USDA Says Corn Plantings are Losing Ground to Soybeans

Friday’s Department of Agriculture prospective plantings report suggests that U.S. farmers will plant four percent less corn this year compared to 2016 while planting seven percent more soybeans. The report says farmers are expected to plant 90 million acres of corn and 89.5 million acres of soybeans in 2017. The estimate for soybeans again represents record acreage. Farmers are also projected to plant 46.1 million acres of wheat, down eight percent from last year. If realized, it would mark the lowest wheat acreage since the U.S. began keeping records in 1919. In the Quarterly Stocks reports, USDA pegged corn stocks at 8.62 billion bushels, up 10 percent from a year ago. Soybean stocks were pegged at 1.73 billion bushels, up 13 percent from last year. All-wheat stocks were projected at 1.66 billion bushels, up 21 percent from a year ago. Also in the prospective plantings report, USDA projects 12.2 million planted cotton acres, up 21 percent from last year and the highest planted acres since 2012. USDA also says farmers will plant 5.8 million acres of sorghum, down 14 percent from last year.


Resolution Urging Trade Agreement with Japan Introduced

Two Republicans in the U.S. House are urging the Donald Trump administration to craft a trade agreement with Japan. Nebraska Representative Adrian Smith and Florida Representative Ted Yoho introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives Thursday that urges Trump to start the process of establishing a trade agreement with Japan. Congressman Smith says the U.S. “cannot afford” to miss the opportunity to reduce trade barriers with Japan, “especially for U.S. agriculture producers.” Smith pointed out a trade agreement could address the 40 percent tariff on U.S. beef imported to Japan compared to the 28 percent tariff Australia has negotiated. The difference in tariffs allows Australia a competitive advantage over U.S. beef in Japan. Congressman Yoho says a bilateral trade agreement with Japan would “continue to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship,” noting Japan is the fourth largest trading partner for the United States. The resolution was welcomed by the National Pork Producers Council and the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association.


U.S. Considering Tariffs on EU Products over Beef Spat

The Donald Trump administration is considering tariffs on specific products from the European Union in response to the EU’s ban on American beef from hormone-treated cattle. Trump is considering imposing tariffs of 100 percent on Perrier (Perry-eh) mineral water, Vespa motor scooters and Roquefort (rockfort) cheese over the issue. The Wall Street Journal reports the beef case will offer an early demonstration of how aggressive the administration is likely to be with trading partners. In 1998, the EU lost a case at the World Trade Organization for banning American beef. In 2009, the U.S. negotiated an agreement to allow limited market access for specially produced beef that meets EU standards, but the U.S. beef industry has been prevented from gaining the intended benefits from the agreement because of increased imports under the duty-free quota from non-U.S. suppliers.


Agriculture Groups Focus on Importance of Immigration Reform in Letter to President

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition last week emphasized the importance of immigration reform for America’s farmers and ranchers in a letter sent to President Donald Trump. 70 groups representing a variety of crops grown in every region in the country joined in sending the letter that calls for reforms to ensure that American agriculture has a legal, stable supply of workers in both the long and short-term for all types of producers. The groups say farmers are facing growing shortages of legally authorized and experienced workers each year. The letter says the labor shortage “negatively impacts economic competitiveness, local economies and jobs.” The groups say they support strengthening the border and says the U.S. must relieve pressure on the border by providing a lawful path for foreign workers to enter the U.S. on a nonimmigrant basis. The groups point out the only current guest worker program available, the H-2A visa program, is cumbersome and dysfunctional and only allows for temporary or seasonal workers. Therefore, it cannot be used by farmers.


FMC to Acquire Part of Divested DuPont Crop Protection Business

FMC Corporation announced Friday it would acquire a portion of DuPont’s crop protection business that DuPont is divesting as part of its merger agreement with Dow. Additionally, DuPont will acquire FMC Health and Nutrition and receive $1.2 billion in cash. The European Union agreed to approve the Dow-DuPont merger, if the companies divested some assets, including research and development. FMC will acquire DuPont’s global chewing pest insecticide portfolio, its global cereal broadleaf herbicides, and a substantial portion of DuPont’s global crop protection research and development capabilities. After closing of the acquisition, FMC Agricultural Solutions will become the fifth largest crop protection chemical company in the world by revenue, with estimated annual revenue of approximately $3.8 billion. The transaction is subject to the closing of the Dow and DuPont merger. Closing is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2017. 


USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts

The Department of Agriculture has announced a contract renewal sign-up is underway for the Conservation Stewardship Program, USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service made several updates to the program last fall. USDA says those changes help producers better evaluate conservation options that benefit their operations while improving the health and productivity of lands. Participants with existing contracts that will expire this year can access the benefits of the recent program changes through an option to renew their contracts for an additional five years. Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by May 5th. Through CSP, landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, buffer strips, pollinator and beneficial insect habitat, and soil health building activities – all while maintaining active agricultural production on their land. Producers interested in contract renewals or applying for CSP for the first time should contact their local USDA service center to learn more.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service